Specific manifestations of magic that can be generically called "spells". Use [magic] for more generic questions about magic.

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

5
votes
1answer
462 views

Can the spell “Command” be used to cause unwitting damage?

The PHB gives the following description of the 1st-level spell Command (emphasis mine), and I'm curious about the implications of the RAW here: You speak a one-word command to a creature you can ...
12
votes
3answers
526 views

What is a spell?

Many systems and settings specify what a spell consists of, where its power comes from, and what forms it takes from inception to casting. Earthdawn's weaving and spell matrices in particular come to ...
-7
votes
1answer
201 views

How many spell slots does a character get?

How many spell slots does a character get, and how do you calculate that if there's a calculation involved? I've been looking everywhere for this, but can't find it. I started playing just about a ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

Can any spellcaster use Mage hand to perform a Sleight of hand check?

From the Arcane Trickster description (PHB page 98): Mage Hand Legerdemain Starting at 3rd level, when you cast mage hand, you can make the spectral hand invisible, and you can perform the ...
9
votes
2answers
722 views

Can you cast a racial spell if you do not have access to the spell slot required?

For example a Drow has the racial spell Darkness, spell level 2 (gained at player level 5). Can he cast the spell even if he is multiclassed (Eldritch Knight 3; Cleric 2) and only has spell slots up ...
5
votes
1answer
74 views

How do the areas of effect of spell traps' triggers and spells relate to each other?

I'm a little fuzzy on how spell traps work with being triggered, so let me set up an example: A Fireball trap. It hits a 20ft radius, all targets in that area. Triggered via proximity of the Alarm ...
2
votes
1answer
88 views

Help with Artificer/Wizard

I'm having isues understanding the item creation process and usage for an Artificer with a Wizard dip. As far I understand the process, a straight Artificer needs to make a Use Magic Device check to ...
3
votes
4answers
488 views

How can a 13th-level wizard get a 17th-level wizard to fail a will save?

I am planning a plot that involves an evil wizard who reached lichdom, was defeated by another (good) wizard (his phylactery was also destroyed), was resurrected by a resurrection spell (he wasn't a ...
2
votes
1answer
193 views

Does Fog Cloud grant enemies disadvantage on spells requiring a successful Saving Throw?

If for example my Tempest Cleric were to cast Fog Cloud into a room of enemies would they roll at a disadvantage when my Wizard companion hurls a Shatter into that room?
2
votes
1answer
236 views

Low-fantasy spell systems I could reference (5e) [closed]

Magic is fun, magic is awesome, but I kinda wanna do something very specific with it now that I'm going to DM. I've got a very strong image of how magic is in the world I want to implement it in since ...
1
vote
3answers
262 views

Is there a way to learn a spell by seeing someone else cast it?

I've already learned that Wizards are unique in that they can learn new spells by finding them. Can they also learn a spell by watching someone else cast it? Can any other class do this? Or at least ...
6
votes
3answers
985 views

How do you identify what spell is on a spell scroll?

Are they always unidentified, except for when a Wizard already knows the spell? If the wizard already knows it, is it already identified?
1
vote
0answers
41 views

Spell scroll use [duplicate]

If I copy a scroll into a spellbook, does the scroll get used and thus become unusable, or do I keep it, still able to use it to cast the spell?
-7
votes
2answers
2k views

How does a wizard or bard learn new spells?

So! I didn't find anything in the D&D 5e books about learning spells as an arcane spellcaster. I have a question: As, say, a Wizard levels up and gets new spell slots, does he need to go to a ...
-2
votes
1answer
230 views

When to roll during spellcasting? [closed]

I have played a few games of D&D with my equally as inexperienced friends and there are some uncertainties we have about spells that I would like to clarify before I take my turn to DM. When ...
8
votes
1answer
143 views

Does hostile juxtaposition work on my attacker?

Hostile juxtaposition will let me essentially swap places with another creature when attacked, allowing the attack to damage that creature instead. If the target of my hostile juxtaposition was the ...
5
votes
1answer
358 views

Can Minor Illusion be used to simulate speech?

Such as generating a spoken sentence or series of sentences in a particular person's voice?
-1
votes
1answer
116 views

Sorcerer Spell Daily Limit in Simple Terms

So the way it works, as I understand it, is at level 3 I have 5 level 0 spells(unlimited), and 2 Level 1 spells(6 times a day). What I need clarification on is do I get to cast each of my level 1's 6 ...
5
votes
1answer
176 views

Using an Improvised Spellcasting Focus

This question is a companion to this one that focused on crafting an improvised spellcasting focus. Here I wish to focus on using such an improvised focus. If a caster typically uses a spellcasting ...
6
votes
1answer
342 views

Crafting an Improvised Spellcasting Focus?

If a caster typically uses a spellcasting focus to cast spells and loses it, and they are in a dungeon or other location where they cannot purchase a new one (or even purchase special materials for a ...
11
votes
1answer
2k views

Can you cast a 9th level spell if your multiclass spell slots have 9th level spell slots?

Say I play a Cleric 14/Paladin 6. I have the spell slots of a lvl 17 spellcaster, but can I cast the 9th level spells of the Cleric, or am I limited to 7th? Would this also work with other classes ...
7
votes
2answers
321 views

Can you write spells prepared with “knowledge pool” in your spellbook?

Knowledge pool At 7th level, when a magus prepares his magus spells, he can decide to expend 1 or more points from his arcane pool, up to his Intelligence bonus. For each point he expends, he ...
4
votes
1answer
120 views

Can Telekinesis be used to Bull Rush someone more than 5 feet?

I'm running a D&D 3.5 campaign with a BBEG who has telekinesis. During one particular encounter he tried to bull rush the fighter into a pit. The fighter's player then pointed out that since he ...
3
votes
1answer
186 views

How does Flare affect a drow?

If you successfully cast flare at a Drow would they be blinded for one round by the bright light (due to being light sensitive) and then dazzled for the rest of the spell's duration (due to the ...
6
votes
3answers
1k views

Can cube of force be used as a reaction?

Example: A mage is casting a fireball at your party from the side. You see this, are you able to activate the cube as a reaction?
1
vote
1answer
141 views

Spells which require concentration such as detect magic [closed]

I was reading the question Why does detect magic last more than 3 rounds? and it got me wondering about concentration itself. There are various levels of concentration required as we can see from ...
5
votes
2answers
804 views

Does Detect Magic reveal illusion spells?

I'm running a game and my players entered a room which was under the effect of a Mirage Arcana spell to make the room look nice. One of the players cast detect magic. Does this reveal the illusions? ...
9
votes
1answer
140 views

Can Spiritjaws hold a manifested ghost or an incorporeal creature?

Can Spiritjaws be used to grapple a manifested ghost or an incorporeal creature? On the one hand incorporeal subtype says that incorporeal creatures can't be grappled. On the other hand force effects ...
4
votes
2answers
300 views

Does Darkness dispel Dancing Lights?

Drow vs. Elves in a dungeon with no natural light. Torch light for elven party. If a drow drops a darkness spell on an object in the middle of the party are they effectively blind? If they had a ...
4
votes
1answer
499 views

Does the Life Cleric ability Disciple of Life apply to the spell Aid?

My first thought was oh yes it does because it is giving hitpoints, then a closer reading seemed to show that no it wouldn't because it wasn't restoring hitpoints. I'm still low level so I've been ...
5
votes
2answers
236 views

How do I identify ongoing magical effects on a creature?

Pretty much as the title says, if I go up against an uberbuffed evil cleric, how can I identify what buffs he has? Detect magic only gives away the school of the spells, but I want to know if he has ...
8
votes
4answers
524 views

How can I balance practical spells with RP spells?

I'm playing a warlock in our DnD 5e campaign. Near as I can tell, this is sort of specific to warlocks because they have so few spells known (correct me if I am wrong). Either way, I still have a ...
1
vote
1answer
4k views

What spells can an Arcane Trickster Rogue choose from when gaining levels?

Trying to understand how an Arcane Trickster Rogue works with regards to spell selection. In the Player's Handbook, page 98, it says (emphasis mine): You know three 1st-level wizard spells of your ...
4
votes
2answers
415 views

How viable is shrink item and massive projectiles?

I'm sure it's been done many times in many variations over the spell's history, but I'm having trouble finding any reasonably conclusive ruling or argument as to whether or not it should work. Is it ...
9
votes
2answers
550 views

What Is The Difference, If Any, Between “Permanent”, and “Until Dispelled”?

Some spells, such as Forbiddance, say that under certain circumstances, they last "Until Dispelled". Other spells, such as Mordenkainen's Private Sanctum, say that under certain circumstances, they ...
1
vote
1answer
165 views

Can a metamagic rod raise a spells effective level beyond 9?

Say I have a Greater echoing metamagic rod (affects spells up to 9th level, normally would add +3 to the spell slot). Can I cast a 7th, 8th, or 9th level spell using the rod? Would there be any ...
1
vote
1answer
82 views

Can a metamagic rod affect a spell that has been metamagiced to be outside its normal spell level range?

Say I am a high level cleric. I have Flame Strike prepared with Empower metamagic, increasing it's spell slot by 2, resulting in an Empowered Flame Strike sitting in a level 7 spell slot. I also have ...
4
votes
2answers
356 views

Can a Twinned Hex be targeted at or moved onto a single creature?

In light of the recent Sorcerer nerf w/ Draconic Bloodline + Scorching ray I went in search of a damage boost. I figure Twinned Spell (PHB, p. 102) + Hex (PHB, p. 251) is a good combo. (Note that Hex ...
19
votes
1answer
1k views

Power Word: Kill against wild-shape

Power Word: Kill is a 9th level spell that "compel[s] a creature to die" as long as it has less than 100 hit points. If this is cast on a druid in wild-shape form with less than 100 HP, does the ...
4
votes
1answer
181 views

Does a caster level bonus let our alchemist learn and use Fly at a lower level?

My level 5 alchemist got a Headband of Aerial Agility +2. The description of the item says: The wearer of a headband of aerial agility +2 treats his caster level as if it were one level higher ...
10
votes
1answer
174 views

What happens when two casters try to command the same undead?

Let's assume there are two characters that have the same level, class, charisma score etc. Basically, they are identical when we're just looking at the numbers and stats. Both of them cast Command ...
3
votes
2answers
374 views

Do multiple hits with Touch of Idiocy stack ability damage?

Do multiple hits with Touch of Idiocy stack ability damage? If not do you just count the hit with the highest damage? Checked this in several discussion forums and found conflicting answers.
16
votes
3answers
209 views

When are you “in range” of a spell's effects?

Based on this question: Can I dismiss a spell one target at a time? A follow-up. When are you considered "in range" of a spell's effects? The SRD says: If the Duration line ends with "(D)," you ...
10
votes
2answers
580 views

Can I dismiss a spell one target at a time?

If I cast a multiple-target spell with the (D) quality on my friends, can I dismiss the effect from one target while keeping it active on all the others? For example: I cast hide from undead on ...
6
votes
3answers
831 views

Does Force Damage Affect Ethereal Creatures?

This passage says that anything made of magical force can affect ethereal creatures. Border Ethereal DMG page 48: A traveler on the Ethereal Plane is invisible and utterly silent to someone on the ...
4
votes
3answers
366 views

When using Fly and you're knocked out, do you fall?

I was running my game today and came across a situation which got the group into a heated debate. What happened was the witch was flying along using their fly hex 20 feet up in the air and got knocked ...
7
votes
1answer
191 views

Can a ghost see through the Darkness spell?

The description of the Ghost says: Ethereal Sight: The ghost can see 60 feet into the Ethereal Plane when it is on the Material Plane, and vice versa. And also It is visible on the Material ...
6
votes
1answer
116 views

Can I cast multiple copies of Bless at a time?

I play a level 2 ranger in MERP and I am in the possession of a +2 spell adder. I was thinking about taking the protection spell list and I was wondering if I could somehow stack multiple castings of ...
9
votes
1answer
558 views

Can pulling with Thorn Whip generate an Opportunity Attack?

Let's say my party member is around 30 feet in front of me and engaged with a monster in melee close combat. If I successfully cast Thorn Whip and pull the monster 10 feet closer to me, will this ...
7
votes
1answer
298 views

How are characters of the “wrong” race prevented from getting racial spells?

Some of the racial spells, like Sow Thoughts, Aboleth's Lung, and Steal Breath, are quite good. However, I am unclear how, exactly, the racial restriction works. I understand it can be lifted with ...